Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Release Day Blitz: Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

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One moment...That’s all it takes to change your life.

What happens when your entire future is on the line because of one reckless moment? This is what Breanna Miller and Thomas “Razor” Turner have to face in Katie McGarry’s WALK THE EDGE. Blackmail, family secrets, future plans on the verge of collapsing, two people who aren’t supposed to be together fall in love, and the power of social media in defining who you are when you’re not even sure who that person is yet…Join the Club and and immerse yourself in the world of the Reign of Terror. Pick up WALK THE EDGE today!


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One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.

Smart. Responsible. That's seventeen-year-old Breanna's role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyberbully's line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas "Razor" Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don't belong. But when he learns she's being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it's time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he'll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she'll help him seek answers to the mystery that's haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they're both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they're going from here.





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"There's something about McGarry's writing that's totally enthralling. Her characters are vivid, flawed and riveting, making this is a truly amazing read!"

~ RT Book Reviews

"Katie McGarry is a master of her craft! Raw emotion, pure grit, I hang on every word. Her characters are real people with real problems and I cheer them every step of the way. Ready for a new addiction? Look no further than Katie McGarry's books."

~ Gena Showalter, Bestselling author of Firstlife

"I finished WALK THE EDGE by the amazing Katie McGarry. It was SO good that now I feel bereft. I already miss Razor & Bre - I need to know more! She is by far my #1 favorite author. She paints a picture with the words, puts you IN the story... LOVE."

~ Lori Foster, New York Times Bestselling Author


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EXCERPT (Razor POV)

“I’m here about your mother.” The asshole knows he has me when my eyes snap to his.
                  “She’s dead.” Like the other times I say the words, a part of me dies along with her.
                  This guy has green eyes and they soften like he’s apologetic. “I know. I’m sorry. I’ve received some new evidence that may help us discover what caused her death.”
                  Anger curls within my muscles and my jaw twitches. This overwhelming sense of insanity is what I fight daily. For years, I’ve heard the whispers from the gossips in town, felt the stares of the kids in class, and I’ve sensed the pity of the men in the Reign of Terror I claim as brothers. It’s all accumulated to a black, hissing doubt in my soul.
                  Suicide.
                  It’s what everyone in town says happened. It’s in every hushed conversation people have the moment I turn my back. It’s not just from the people I couldn’t give two shits about, but the people who I consider family.
                  I shove away those thoughts and focus on what my father and the club have told me—what I have chosen to believe. “My mother’s death was an accident.”
                  He’s shaking his head and I’m fresh out of patience. I’m not doing this. Not with him. Not with anyone. “I’m not interested.”
                  I push off the railing and I did out the keys to my motorcycle as I bound down the steps. The detective’s behind me. He has a slow steady stride and it irritates me that he follows across the yard and doesn’t stop coming as I swing my leg over my bike.
                  “What if I told you I don’t think it was an accident,” he says.
                  Odds are it wasn’t. Odds are every whispered taunt in my direction is true. That my father and the club drove Mom crazy, and I wasn’t enough of a reason for her to choose life.
                  To drown him out, I start the engine. This guy must be as suicidal as people say Mom was because he eases in front of my bike assuming I won’t run him down.
                  “Thomas,” he says.
                  I twist the handle to rev the engine in warning. He raises his chin like he’s finally pissed and his eyes narrow on me. “Razor.”
                  I let the bike idle. If he’s going to respect me by using my road name, I’ll respect him for a few seconds. “Leave me the fuck alone.”
                  Damn if the man doesn’t possess balls the size of Montana. He steps closer to me and drops a bomb. “I have reason to believe your mom was murdered.”


About the author:

Katie McGarry - author picKatie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.


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Sunday, 27 March 2016

Review: Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

Title: Walk the Edge (Thunder Road #2)
Author: Katie McGarry

Release date: March 29th 2016
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Format: eARC
Pages: 434

Source: NetGalley

One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.

Smart. Responsible. That's seventeen-year-old Breanna's role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully's line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas "Razor" Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don't belong. But when he learns she's being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it's time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he'll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she'll help him seek answers to the mystery that's haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they're both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they're going from here.

I loved Walk the Edge even more than its predecessor! If you haven't read Nowhere But Here and have no idea what this series is about, here's the breakdown - it's a series of companion novels following different members of a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror. There's danger, intrigue, lots of action, and of course some great romance, because Katie McGarry is awesome at that. Walk the Edge is Razor's story, and I'd been waiting for it ever since I finished Nowhere But Here.

Razor is a full-fledged member of the Terror, but there's always been something holding him back from fully trusting them - the circumstances around the death of his mother. The club is completely tight-lipped about it, but when Razor receives news that it may have been a murder, he knows he can't rest before finding out the whole truth. Since the club won't help him, he has to turn to someone else, someone who can help him crack the code given to him - someone smart like Breanna Miller. She needs his help too, in finding who's blackmailing her and make sure the picture never gets online. They agree to help each other, but the more they find out, the more dangerous their lives get.

Razor is my favourite of the characters we've met so far, and for good reason. He's obviously confident, kind of arrogant, and really charming, but there's a softer side of him too. He has a really good heart, he's moral, and also sweet and protective. Razor's been through a lot ever since his mom died and people around him began blaming him for it. After everything, I'm really glad he found someone perfect for him like Breanna to be his pillar of support.

Breanna is very different from any protagonist I've read about. Her brain is.. well, it's wired differently in the sense that once she gets a puzzle to solve, she actually can't relax until she's solved it. It'll stay there in her head. And her brain is always working on something, which is pretty intense. It's how she's so smart and intellectual, but it's also a burden for her. When Breanna starts getting to know Razor, she realizes how wrong she was about the Terror and she doubts everything her parents instilled in her about staying away from the club. No, she doesn't trust the club, but she does trust Razor with her life. It was beautiful seeing two very different people grow closer together and discover how much they actually have in common.

I don't want to say too much about the plot, but the blackmailing is a big part of it and it angers me to see how high schoolers can be so menacing. I know for sure that no one in my high school or anyone I know would ever have done something like that! It's also opened my eyes a little more and made me realize why so many people think high school was the worst time of their life. Of course, it probably wasn't anything on this scale, but still.

We do get to see Oz and Emily again, the protagonists from the previous book, and I loved seeing all the young club members and their significant others gathered around a fire outside the cabin and having a good time. These are the people who will grow up to shape the club the way they want it, and it's exciting to see the beginning of that.

All in all, I adored this book and especially Razor and Breanna. They're so good for each other and they basically pieced each other back together in this book. Loyalty is a huge theme here, and overall in this series as well I believe, and it's fascinating to see it being tested thoroughly yet always staying strong. And now I really cannot wait for the next book, which I believe is Chevy and Violet's story!

*Thank you to Harlequin TEEN and Inkslinger PR for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 4.5/5

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Review: The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Title: The Girl From Everywhere (The Girl From Everywhere #1)
Author: Heidi Heilig

Release date: March 3rd 2016
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction/Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 343
Source: Pansing

Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.

As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.

But the end to it all looms closer every day.

Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.

For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters.

She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.

Or she could disappear.

The Girl From Everywhere is quite different from what I was expecting. Yes, it's a novel about time travel, but it's more fantasy than science fiction, because from what we find out about the art of Navigation, which is how they travel through time and space, there's no scientific explanation - it just happens, like magic. I liked the lightness of the tone in this book, and though it was a tad too short for me to fully immerse myself in, I'm eager for the next book.

We jump right into the plot from the beginning of the novel. Nix has been travelling on the Temptation her whole life, along with her father, Slate, and two other crew people, later joined by a new crew member two years ago. It sounds like a great life, but Nix's father is focused only on one thing - to get back to his love, Nix's mother, who died when Nix was born (or so I think. It's actually quite confusing). But Nix could be erased from existence if he finds her mother, so she's obviously torn. When they manage to get to Honolulu in a different but close time, Nix gets to see what her life could've been like had she not been aboard the Temptation, and well, she's tempted.

I can't say I cared too much for Nix's character, because there wasn't much about her that wowed me. I also didn't approve of her following her father through his obsessive journeys and not doing enough to stop him and knock some sense into him. And also to do something about his opium addiction (yeah, Slate is messed up). The fact that Nix calls him Slate or Captain most of the time speaks volumes about their relationship. She rarely ever calls him 'dad' because he's rarely a dad to her. Nix has always felt like an afterthought with him, especially since he's doing everything he can to get to her mother knowing that he could lose Nix. So I didn't really care for Slate, either.

The one character I absolutely loved was Kashmir, the relatively new crew member. He's Persian, but also speaks English, Arabic and French. The crew picked him up from the mythical land of Arabia from One Thousand and One Nights. Kashmir is funny and charming and thoughtful and smart, and I could go on and on about him! He's a super skilled thief, which causes quite a few problems but also helps the crew quite a bit. Kash and Nix are close friends, obviously, since they're similar in age and they spend a lot of time together. There isn't really any romance at all between them, but it's clear how Kash feels about Nix, and I was shipping them so hard! Nix, on the other hand, is a bit torn, and I'll get into that later. But Kash was basically the reason I liked this book, and he's why I will definitely be picking up the next one.

A large part of this book is set in Honolulu, as that's where Nix's origins are and that's where Slate hopes to find the right map. The concept of Navigation is a little confusing, since we don't get much of an explanation, but basically the cartographer and the Navigator both have to believe in the map and what's on it, which is why it's possible to Navigate to mythical places. Slate has tried a lot of maps so far, but none have got him even close to his love, Lin. I really liked reading about the Kingdom of Hawaii in the 19th century, because I knew nothing about it beforehand and it has such a rich history.

One aspect of this I didn't like was the hint of a love triangle. The book is short enough that we don't even get a proper background on Navigation, and yet the author finds space to include a love triangle? I didn't approve. It was between Nix, Kashmir, and Blake, a boy they meet in Honolulu, and coincidentally the nephew of the man who drew the map they need. I didn't really like Blake, he was a slippery sort of character. And there was no chemistry between him and Nix, so the pairing just felt forced. I'd pick the banter and familiarity of Nix and Kash over the idea of Nix and Blake any day.

I really hope there's more background in the next book, because this one was pretty fast-paced and plot-driven. It wasn't enough for me to understand the world and its elements, but I liked most of what I saw in here. I also hope we get to see new times and places, perhaps some mythical ones!

*Thank you to Sasha from Pansing for sending me a copy for review*

Rating: 3/5

Friday, 11 March 2016

Review: Ruined by Amy Tintera

Title: Ruined (Ruined #1)
Author: Amy Tintera

Release date: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: eARC
Pages: 247

Source: Edelweiss

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.

Amy Tintera has made me fall in love with her books again! This is so different from her Reboot duology, but just as awesome. Yes, the premise is quite common in YA fantasy books nowadays, but there are so many unique aspects to it as well, and I loved the protagonists.

Em is hell bent on getting revenge on the king of Lera for the murder of her parents and the kidnapping of her younger sister, Olivia. The Ruined are being hunted and killed because of their magic - their power. Em, however, doesn't have any Ruined magic, though she is of the royal line. But that doesn't deter her in her mission to destroy the king and find Olivia. She infiltrates the royal family of Lera by pretending to be another princess, and marrying Prince Casimir of Lera. She slowly gains knowledge about her sister, but she also learns more about Cas, and the fact that he's not like his father. Cas could be a good king someday, but Em doesn't know if she can trust him - she has too much to lose.

Em really made an impression on me right from the first chapter - she kills Princess Mary in cold blood to assume her identity. Well, not exactly cold blood, and Mary wasn't exactly innocent. But from that moment, I knew Em really wasn't someone to mess with. She's one of the toughest YA protagonists I've read about so far, and I loved that she's not the compassionate and kind type. She's ruthless, but you can't help loving her.

I wasn't sure about Cas at first, since he seemed incredibly naive. Though he's the prince, there's so much he doesn't know about his own kingdom and what his father is doing. It's only when Em comes into his life that he begins to question what's happening in his kingdom, and what his father is doing to the Ruined. But along the way, Cas gets a backbone and he knows that his father is wrong. He also can't help falling for Em pretty soon, although he believes she's Mary. Also, I love how honest Cas is about everything he feels and does. There's no deception in him, and he's so open. It was nice to see that in contrast with Em, who's always hiding who she is.

Obviously, Em's secret comes out at some point, and it was heartbreaking. Em and Cas clearly care a lot for each other, and there is a little bit of romance between them towards the end. But because of who they are, they can't be together, and that tore me apart. They're so good for each other - Em steers Cas towards the right path, and Cas keeps Em from becoming consumed by her thirst for revenge.

There are a couple of other characters I really liked - one was Aren, Em's friend who accompanies her to the palace, posing as a guard. He's a Ruined who has magic, and it was great seeing him use it. He's really powerful, which you can tell from the marks on his body. But at times he doesn't know his own power, so I'm intrigued to see how he learns to control that and hone his power into something really awesome. The other character I loved was Iria, a warrior ally of Em's. She takes no crap from anyone, and though there isn't much love between her and Em, they help each other out. Also, Iria's pretty badass.

I would have loved to know more about the history and culture of the Ruined, and learn about how their power works and also why Em doesn't seem to have any. But maybe those questions will be answered in the next book. Regardless, I can't wait to see what's in store for us in the sequel. Especially after a sort-of-ominous ending!

*Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 4/5

Monday, 7 March 2016

Review: The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows

Title: The Mirror King (The Orphan Queen #2)
Author: Jodi Meadows

Release date: April 5th 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: eARC
Pages: 387

Source: Edelweiss

Wilhelmina has a hundred enemies.

HER FRIENDS HAVE TURNED. After her identity is revealed during the Inundation, Princess Wilhelmina is kept prisoner by the Indigo Kingdom, with the Ospreys lost somewhere in the devastated city. When the Ospreys’ leader emerges at the worst possible moment, leaving Wil’s biggest ally on his deathbed, she must become Black Knife to set things right.

HER MAGIC IS UNCONTROLLABLE. Wil’s power is to animate, not to give true life, but in the wraithland she commanded a cloud of wraith mist to save herself, and later ordered it solid. Now there is a living boy made of wraith—destructive and deadly, and willing to do anything for her.

HER HEART IS TORN. Though she’s ready for her crown, declaring herself queen means war. Caught between what she wants and what is right, Wilhelmina realizes the throne might not even matter. Everyone thought the wraith was years off, but already it’s destroying Indigo Kingdom villages. If she can’t protect both kingdoms, soon there won’t be a land to rule.

In this stunning conclusion to THE ORPHAN QUEEN, Jodi Meadows follows Wilhelmina’s breathtaking and brave journey from orphaned criminal on the streets to magic-wielding queen.

I'm still reeling from all the feelings I had reading this book! The Mirror King is a fantastic sequel to The Orphan Queen, and a great end to the series. I'm left wishing for another book so I could still read about these beloved characters.

The Orphan Queen ended at a pretty brutal point, with the Inundation and Tobiah bleeding profusely on the balcony after he was shot at. There is chaos everywhere, and Wilhelmina doesn't know what to do. She needs to find someone to save Tobiah, but she also needs to pursue Patrick and bring him down before he causes more trouble for the kingdom. With Tobiah unconscious and dying, Wil needs to look to herself and find the strength of a queen, so she can save the people she loves most, and gain back her kingdom.

This book is a complete roller coaster of emotions! It's really long, and divided into four sections. The length didn't matter to me - everything was necessary, and it was all interesting. Well, except for some political stuff, but that's because I'm not a fan of reading about politics in YA. I know it's unavoidable in fantasy involving kings and queens, though. I loved all the intensity and the action, and we do get to see quite a bit of Black Knife action! And as mentioned in the synopsis, Wil becomes Black Knife too. So there are two now, and it's awesome.

Wil surpassed my expectations throughout the novel. We know how determined and strong she is from the previous book, but in this she goes all out. She's more desperate, more angry and more fierce than ever. But she's also still trying to figure out how to be a queen, how to lead people. She's thrust into that role too fast, and she's drowning in things to do. Luckily, she has a few trusted and loyal people to help her out. There are the Ospreys, of course, and Tobiah and James and even the wraith boy she created by accident, who now exists to serve her.

Tobiah just about stole my heart in this. We got to know both sides of him separately in the previous book, but in this we see them both together. It's hard for Wil to accept that Black Knife and Tobiah are the same person, and that's a struggle for her to overcome in this. But it's clear later on, seeing how Tobiah puts on a bored, uncaring mask when he's Tobiah and shows his real self as Black Knife. We also get to see Tobiah as his real self without the Black Knife getup, and those parts were my favourite. He's king now, and has a lot more responsibilities, and a duty to his kingdom that involves marrying someone he doesn't love. Tobiah makes a great king. He loves his kingdom and his people, and he's willing to sacrifice anything to make sure they're safe.

There aren't too many sweet Tobiah-Wil scenes because of everything that's going on, which was a little sad, but I loved every bit of what we do get. Those two love each other like hell, and it's obvious from they way they are around each other. I'm surprised people didn't figure out their relationship before. They complement each other nicely, and it was fun seeing them out fighting wraith monsters together as Black Knives. Also, their banter had me laughing out loud at certain moments.

I adore all the Ospreys Wil had with her at the palace - Connor, Teresa, Carl, Kevin. I think that was it? They were so cute, misbehaving constantly and eating pretty much everything they could. Oh, and the amount of times Wil caught them with silverware and other valuable items in their pockets... It was hilarious! We get to see more of James in this book, and I was really glad about that. His relationship with Tobiah is so strong, and it's amazing how much they care about each other. James will never let anything happen to his best friend, and Tobiah feels the same.

I don't want to say too much about the wraith boy, who is actually given a name in this book, by the way - Chrysalis. He's changing a lot throughout the novel, looking more and more like a human. But he's unpredictable - despite the fact that he obeys Wil and he strives to protect her, he is after all made of wraith. He's not human, and he ends up causing a lot of chaos. He does help Wil a lot, but I was quite torn about what to think of him throughout the book. By the end, though, I loved him, despite everything.

I thought the twists and shockers were all done in the first book and this one would be more straightforward, but man was I wrong! There were still things I never saw coming in this book, a couple of very big reveals included. Jodi Meadows, how do you do it?? The plot threads interweave so well with each other even with all the chaos and war going on.

There is so much more I want to say about this, and I know I'm leaving out a lot, but I don't want to make this too long. And I also don't want to give away too much about what happens. Be prepared to stay up late into the night reading this, because you won't want to put it down. The ending is bittersweet, but I loved the way it was done. I really, really want more now! More Wil, more Tobiah, more everyone I grew to love in this duology. Needless to say, this has been one of my favourite YA fantasies so far.

*Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 4.5/5

Friday, 4 March 2016

Chapter Reveal: Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

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We are so excited to bring you the Chapter One Reveal for WALK THE EDGE by Katie McGarry! WALK THE EDGE is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance being published by HarlequinTeen and is a part of Katie McGarry’s Thunder Road series. It is being released on March 29th, 2016. Be sure to pre-order your copy and unlock special content today!

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One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.

Smart. Responsible. That's seventeen-year-old Breanna's role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully's line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas "Razor" Turner into her life. 

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don't belong. But when he learns she's being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it's time to step outside the rules. 

And so they make a pact: he'll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she'll help him seek answers to the mystery that's haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they're both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they're going from here.

Release date: March 29th 2016
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Pre-order links: Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | IndieBound



WALK THE EDGE Chapter One

THERE ARE LIES in life we accept. Whether it’s for the sake of ignorance, bliss or, in my case, survival, we all make our choices.

I choose to belong to the Reign of Terror Motorcycle Club. I choose to work for the security company associated with them. I also choose to do this while still in high school.

All of this boils down to one choice in particular—whether or not to believe my father’s version of a lie or the town’s. I chose my father’s lie. I chose the brotherhood of the club.

What I haven’t chosen? Being harassed by the man invad­ing my front porch. He’s decked out in a pair of pressed kha­kis and a button-down straight from a mall window. The real question—is he here by choice or did he draw the short stick?

“As I said, son,” he continues, “I’m not here to talk to your dad. I’m here to see you.”

A hot August wind blows in from the thick woods sur­rounding our house, and sweat forms on the guy’s skin. He’s too cocky to be nervous, so that dumps the blame of his shiny forehead on the 110-degree heat index.

“You and I,” he adds, “we need to talk.”

My eyes flash to the detective badge hanging on the guy’s hip and then to his dark blue unmarked Chevy Caprice parked in front of my motorcycle in the gravel drive. Twenty bucks he thinks he blocked me in. Guess he underestimated I’ll ride on the grass to escape.

This guy doesn’t belong to our police force. His plates suggest he’s from Jefferson County. That’s in the northern part of Ken­tucky. I live in a small town where even the street hustlers and police know each other by name. This man—he’s an outsider.

I f lip through my memory for anything that would jus­tify his presence. Yeah, I stumbled into some brawls over the summer. A few punches thrown at guys who didn’t keep their mouths sealed or keep their inflated egos on a leash, but noth­ing that warrants this visit.

A bead of water drips from my wet hair onto the worn gray wood of the deck and his eyes track it. I’m fresh from a shower. Jeans on. Black boots on my feet. No shirt. Hair on my head barely pushed around by a towel.

The guy checks out the tats on my chest and arms. Most of it is club designs, and it’s good for him to know who he’s dealing with. As of last spring, I officially became a mem­ber of the Reign of Terror. If he messes with one of us, he messes with us all.

“Are you going to invite me in?” he asks.

I thought the banging on the door was one of my friends showing to ride along with me to senior orientation, not a damned suit with a badge.

“You’re not in trouble,” he says, and I’m impressed he doesn’t shuff le his feet like most people do when they arrive on my doorstep. “As I said, I want to talk.”

I maintain eye contact longer than most men can manage.

Silence doesn’t bother me. There’s a ton you can learn about a person from how they deal with the absence of sound. Most can’t handle uncomfortable battles for dominance, but this guy stands strong.

Without saying a word, I walk into the house and permit the screen door to slam in his face. I cross the room, grab my cut off the table, then snatch a black Reign of Terror T-shirt off the couch. I shrug into the shirt as I step onto the porch and shut the storm door behind me.

The guy watches me intently as I slip on the black leather cut that contains the three-piece patch of the club I belong to. Because of the way I’m angled, he can get a good look at our emblem on the back: a white half skull with fire raging out of the eyes and drops of fire raining down around it. The words Reign of Terror are mounted across the top. The town’s name, Snowflake, is spelled on the bottom rocker.

He focuses on the patch that informs him I’m packing a weapon. His hand edges to the gun holstered on his belt. He’s weighing whether I’m carrying now or if I’m gun free.

I cock a hip against the railing and hitch my thumbs in the pockets of my jeans. If he’s going to talk, it would be now. He glances at the closed door, then back at me. “This is where we’re doing this?”

“I’ve got somewhere to be.” And I’m running late. “Didn’t see a warrant on you.” So by law, he can’t enter.

A grim lift of his mouth tells me he understands I won’t make any of this easy. He’s around Dad’s age, mid to late forties. He gave his name when I opened the door, but I’ll admit to not listening.

He scans the property and he has that expression like he’s trying to understand why someone would live in a house so small. The place is a vinyl box. Two bedrooms. One bath.

A living room–kitchen combo. Possibly more windows than square footage.

Dad said this was Mom’s dream. A house just big enough for us to live in. She never desired large, but she craved land. When I was younger, she used to hug me tight and explain it was more important to be free than to be rich. I sure as hell hope Mom feels free now.

An ache ripples through me, and I readjust my footing. I pray every damn day she found some peace.

“I drove a long way to see you,” he says.

Don’t care. “Could have called.”

“I did. No one answered.”

I hike one shoulder in a “you’ve got shit luck.” Dad and I aren’t the type to answer calls from strangers. Especially ones with numbers labeled Police. There are some law enforcement officers who are cool, but most of them are like everyone else— they judge a man with a cut on his back as a psychotic felon.

I don’t have time for stupidity.

“I’m here about your mother.” The asshole knows he has me when my eyes snap to his.

“She’s dead.” Like the other times I say the words, a part of me dies along with her.

This guy has green eyes and they soften like he’s apolo­getic. “I know. I’m sorry. I’ve received some new evidence that may help us discover what caused her death.”

Anger curls within my muscles and my jaw twitches. This overwhelming sense of insanity is what I fight daily. For years, I’ve heard the whispers from the gossips in town, felt the stares of the kids in class, and I’ve sensed the pity of the men in the Reign of Terror I claim as brothers. It’s all accu­mulated to a black, hissing doubt in my soul.

Suicide.

It’s what everyone in town says happened. It’s in every hushed conversation people have the moment I turn my back. It’s not just from the people I couldn’t give two shits about, but the people who I consider family.

I shove away those thoughts and focus on what my father and the club have told me—what I have chosen to believe. “My mother’s death was an accident.”

He’s shaking his head and I’m fresh out of patience. I’m not doing this. Not with him. Not with anyone. “I’m not interested.”

I push off the railing and dig out the keys to my motor­cycle as I bound down the steps. The detective’s behind me. He has a slow, steady stride and it irritates me that he fol­lows across the yard and doesn’t stop coming as I swing my leg over my bike.

“What if I told you I don’t think it was an accident,” he says.

Odds are it wasn’t. Odds are every whispered taunt in my direction is true. That my father and the club drove Mom crazy, and I wasn’t enough of a reason for her to choose life.

To drown him out, I start the engine. This guy must be as suicidal as people say Mom was, because he eases in front of my bike, assuming I won’t run him down.

“Thomas,” he says.

I twist the handle to rev the engine in warning. He raises his chin like he’s finally pissed and his eyes narrow on me. “Razor.”

I let the bike idle. If he’s going to respect me by using my road name, I’ll respect him for a few seconds. “Leave me the fuck alone.”

Damn if the man doesn’t possess balls the size of Montana. He steps closer to me and drops a bomb. “I have reason to believe your mom was murdered.”

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About the author:

Katie McGarry - author picKatie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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